Eastern Tennessee State and Western Carolina meet in the Southern Conference Tournament Semifinals on Sunday afternoon in Asheville, N.C.
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ETSU vs Western Carolina Preview:
The top-Seeded Eastern Tennessee State Buccaneers (28-4, 16-2 Conference) take on the fifth-seeded Western Carolina Catamounts (19-11, 10-8 Conference) in the Southern Conference Tournament Semifinals on Sunday afternoon in Asheville, N.C.
Eastern Tennessee State tied its single-season program wins record with their victory over ninth-seeded VMI in the quarterfinal round on Saturday.
The Buccaneers played tenacious defense in the first half, holding VMI to 21 points, en route to a 70-57 win.
Leading the way for ETSU was sophomore guard Daivien Williamson, who scored a game-high 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. Three others scored in double figures for ETSU including seniors Tray Boyd III and Isaiah Tisdale who tallied 12 each and Joe Hugley who put up 11.
Western Carolina earned the semifinal appearance by outscoring fourth-seeded Mercer 42-27 in the second half on Saturday to pick up a 70-56 win. It was the first win for the program in the SoCon Tournament since an 88-83 double OT victory over Wofford in the 2016 quarterfinals.
Redshirt junior guard Mason Faulkner led the way on Saturday for the Catamounts with a game-high 22 points.
Eastern Tennessee swept the season series with Western Carolina but the Catamounts gave them everything they could ask for last weekend when the Buccaneers pulled off a 68-67 win on their home floor on Feb. 29.
Coming into today, ESPN’s Bracketology analyst Joe Lunardi had Eastern Tennessee State as a projected No. 10 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Eastern Tennesee’s last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2017. The Buccaneers were a No. 13 seed that year and fell to No. 4 Florida, 80-65, in the first round.
The last time Western Carolina took the floor in an NCAA Tournament game, they almost made history as a No. 16 seed, when they lost by the narrowest margins to top-seeded Purdue, 73-71.
Last year’s SoCon Tournament champion, Wofford, was a seven seed in the NCAA Tournament and pulled off a first-round win over No. 10 Seton Hall and then narrowly lost to No. 2 Kentucky, 62-56, in the second round.
In the second SoCon semifinal, to be played immediately following the ETSU-Western Carolina game, the sixth-seeded Chattanooga Mocs (20-12, 10-8 Conference) will take on the seventh-seeded Wofford Terriers (18-15, 8-10 Conference). The championship game with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line will be played on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.
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